Fashion Over Reason

Monday, September 19, 2016

Versatility Always Wins

heleneisfor, Emeron Fry dress, Sol Sana sandals, Longchamp bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

I'm a city girl through and through, but I enjoy a good nature frolic. And since summer is lingering around late this year, I thought I'd give this ensemble a share because I've been living in this dress for the past few months, at both the cottage and back home in NYC. Why? A few very simple reasons.

First of all, it's ridiculously abundant in material, and voluminous threads are pretty much the only thing I can stand to wear come hot weather, so there's that. Secondly, while I'm usually averse to busy prints, this boho pattern and color scheme just spoke to me and I feel very at ease in it (that's one of the most important things about style, ladies!). And finally, there's the fact that even while this dress could seem a little over-elaborate, it's actually incredibly unfussy and versatile.

Best of all? I'm planning on wearing it right into fall during that transitional weather period I love so much.

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Details:
Emerson Fry dress
Sol Sana sandals
Longchamp bag
Ray-Ban sunglasses

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Late Summer in the West Village

Marais USA jardin heels, Levi's cutoffs, Helut Lang knit cami, Celine Edge

Never mind the fact that the West Village is likely the most magical neighborhood the entire magical city of New York, but it by default make for the most perfect backdrop for a pit stop with ol' camera. Walking through those streets literally makes you feel like you're on a movie set.

As summer comes to a close and a hint of fall can be sniffed out in the air, the city blocks feel even more enchanting than usual with the brownstones looking extra cozy from the inside. While the weather hasn't turned just yet, it's safe to say that autumnal rumblings can be felt, and it's ever so sweet.

Soon we'll be begging bartenders for hot toddys, figuring out what we want to wear for Halloween and complaining about the days getting shorter, but for now, we still have September.

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Details:
Helmut Lang tank
Vintage Levi's shorts
Marais USA shoes
Céline bag

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Hélène in the Helen Dress


Elborne Living Amour Vert Helen dress, Warby Parker Dorothy sunglasses, Bushwick, Brooklyn


I've already established that dresses are basically everything you need in life come summertime thanks to the fact that they're the easiest thing to throw on. And despite this simple and effortless quality, it's also the one item that makes you look like a fancy lady. Sounds like a win to me.

I've been really keen on summer knitwear this year and I'm happy to report that I found a knit dress that embodies the ideal summer frock: this dress by Amour Vert from Elborne Living. Airy and light, aka the most painless getup to slip into to grab brunch on the weekend - or throw on a pair of strappy heels (these would be perfect) instead of Chucks and you've got yourself some gussy cocktail attire.

But my favorite part about it is the fact that it's made of 100% organic cotton. That means cotton that was grown without the use of toxic pesticides and chemicals (think of those poor cotton farmers that have to inhale chemicals every day to grow their crops), and that uses far less water than regular cotton. While most people think cotton is a sustainable fibre, it isn't unless it's organic.

I do tend to talk about sustainability in fashion quite a bit - you can read my thoughts about it over on the Style Line - and people always ask me where they can shop brands that do their part both socially and for the environment. I am planning on doing a full feature on all of the great places to find the best of slow fashion, but for now I want to talk about the online shop Elborne because that's where this dress is from.

They have some seriously sweet threads, which makes shopping there a no-brainer, but beyond their merch being cute is the fact that their company ethos is also about making a difference and implementing a new way to engage around all things style-related. My kind of people :)

But another reason this dress was basically made for me? It's called the Helen dress. Mic drop.

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Details:
Amour Vert Dress from Elborne
Warby Parker Dorothy sunglasses
Converse Chuck Taylors


Friday, August 12, 2016

Free Flowing

Cienne New York Frankie Dress, Marais USA Jardin Heels, BLK DNM leather jacket, Helene Heath in Paris

Be forewarned before you go any further into this post: it's a lengthy one, please forgive my inability to edit myself. I love these shots so much that I couldn't cut down any more than this. Tee hee.

Now, onward!

There's something about being in Paris that energizes the daylights into you. Not just that, but it also inexplicably alters your mind frame into rethinking what you once considered to be a good outfit. What you'd previously believed to be perfectly acceptable attire on any given day or night out simply won't cut it for gallivanting about the historic streets of the City of Lights.

In that case, what does one wear to not feel sub par in fashion's capital, the place that's renowned for effortless style, nonchalant chic and endless beauty? Gahhhh.

I'll tell you what: there's never been a better excuse to wear pretty flowy dresses. It's not in my habit to be overly feminine, but I never shy away from avoiding an inseam. It's best done in that French girl way: paired with contrasting elements that balance each other out, in this case an insanely pretty and minimalist dress accompanied by a tough girl biker bomber.

This is one of my favorite looks ever, and I happen to have worn it in one of my favorite cities ever, making this blog post one of my favorites ever. What a time to be alive!

PS the dress is Cienne (I've talked about them before) and you can get it here.

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Details:
Cienne Frankie Dress
Marais USA shoes
BLK DNM leather jacket
Bottega Veneta bag
Ray-Ban sunglasses

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